Retro Music 37

It was very rare for me to buy a completely instrumental record in my teens, but this 1967 release was an exception. Earl Van Dyke was the house keyboard player for Motown Records, and his organ playing on this song is great! Listening now, it sounds not unlike the theme to a contemporary TV show, but it brings back great memories for me when I was 15.

29 thoughts on “Retro Music 37

  1. Great music! During my teenage years, I bought several instrumental 45’s (e.g., Paul Mauriat’s arrangement of “Love Is Blue” and the main theme from “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”) as well as vinyl albums (e.g., the “Hawaii 5-O” soundtrack). But it wasn’t until my early 20’s that I began to collect most of my instrumental albums, both orchestral and synthesizer (from J-S Bach to Tchaikovsky; from Synergy to Jean-Michel Jarre).

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  2. I grew up listening to my father play along with big band records on Sunday afternoons. I had to wait for my mother to load up a record with words. By my teens I still had a decent supply of Ventures records. And everything Bacharach ever put on vinyl.

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    1. In my late teens and early twenties, I collected a lot of 1920s band recordings, like Paul Whiteman, Lew Stone, Ray Noble, Roy Fox, Nat Gonella, and others. But I always preferred the songs to the instrumentals, especially when Al Bowlly was the singer.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. nice choice. I have another documentary rec for you, have you seen ‘standing in the shadows’? it’s about the amazing musicians who were the backup studio musicians at Motown. it’s brilliant

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    1. He was mainly a backing keyboard player on many of the Motown songs. This track caught my mood at the time, so it’s mostly a personal memory. I loved Ska music in my teens, but always found Reggae too slow and boring, to be honest. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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